Marcia Muller Books

Marcia Muller, who had a stint as a journalist and is married to a fellow writer, is an American author of several series, standalone books, short stories, and anthologies. Marcia Muller, who has co-authored some of her work with husband Bill Pronzini, is most notably renowned for the Sharon sleuthing-related Sharon McCone series of novels. Sharon McCone, a female inquiry agentm is the featured protagonist of the “Sharon McCone” series of books authored by Marcia Muller. Muller’s first book portraying character Sharon McCone was published in 1977 called Edwin of the Iron Shoes, and the series of novels is shelved as mystery and suspense-cum-thriller genre.

Order of Cape Perdido Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Point Deception 2001 Description / Buy
2 Cyanide Wells 2003 Description / Buy
3 Cape Perdido 2005 Description / Buy
4 Cape Perdido 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery Series

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1 The Bughouse Affair 2013 Description / Buy
2 The Spook Lights Affair 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Body Snatchers Affair 2015 Description / Buy
4 The Plague of Thieves Affair 2016 Description / Buy
5 The Dangerous Ladies Affair 2017 Description / Buy
6 The Bags of Tricks Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) 2018 Description / Buy
7 The Flimflam Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) 2019 Description / Buy
8 The Stolen Gold Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) 2020 Description / Buy
9 The Paradise Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Elena Oliverez Series

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1 The Tree of Death 1983 Description / Buy
2 The Legend of the Slain Soldiers 1985 Description / Buy

Order of Joanna Stark Series

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1 The Cavalier in White 1986 Description / Buy
2 There Hangs the Knife 1988 Description / Buy
3 Dark Star 1989 Description / Buy

Order of John Quincannon Series

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1 Quincannon (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
2 Beyond the Grave 1986 Description / Buy
3 Beyond the Grave (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
4 Beyond the Grave 1986 Description / Buy

Order of Marcia Muller Short Story Collections

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1 Duo 1998 Description / Buy
2 Somewhere in the City 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Marcia Muller Standalone Novels

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1 The Lighthouse (With: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
2 A Century of Mystery (With: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
3 Crucifixion River (With: Bill Pronzini) 2007 Description / Buy
4 Kindling Point (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Sharon McCone Collections Series

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1 Deceptions 1991 Description / Buy
2 The McCone Files 1995 Description / Buy
3 McCone and Friends 1999 Description / Buy
4 Time of the Wolves 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Sharon McCone Series

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1 Edwin of the Iron Shoes 1977 Description / Buy
2 Ask the Cards a Question 1982 Description / Buy
3 The Cheshire Cat's Eye (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
4 Games to Keep the Dark Away 1984 Description / Buy
5 Leave a Message for Willie 1984 Description / Buy
6 Double 1984 Description / Buy
7 Double (By: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
8 Double 1984 Description / Buy
9 There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of 1985 Description / Buy
10 Eye of the Storm 1988 Description / Buy
11 The Shape of Dread 1989 Description / Buy
12 There's Something in a Sunday 1990 Description / Buy
13 Trophies and Dead Things 1990 Description / Buy
14 Where Echoes Live 1991 Description / Buy
15 Pennies On a Dead Woman's Eyes 1992 Description / Buy
16 Wolf in the Shadows 1993 Description / Buy
17 Till the Butchers Cut Him Down 1994 Description / Buy
18 A Wild and Lonely Place 1995 Description / Buy
19 The Broken Promise Land 1996 Description / Buy
20 Both Ends of the Night 1997 Description / Buy
21 While Other People Sleep 1998 Description / Buy
22 A Walk Through the Fire 1999 Description / Buy
23 Listen to the Silence 2000 Description / Buy
24 Dead Midnight 2002 Description / Buy
25 The Dangerous Hour 2004 Description / Buy
26 Vanishing Point 2006 Description / Buy
27 The Ever-Running Man 2007 Description / Buy
28 Burn Out 2008 Description / Buy
29 Locked In 2009 Description / Buy
30 Coming Back 2010 Description / Buy
31 City of Whispers 2011 Description / Buy
32 City of Whispers 2011 Description / Buy
33 Skeleton in the Closet 2012 Description / Buy
34 Looking for Yesterday 2012 Description / Buy
35 The Night Searchers 2014 Description / Buy
36 Merrill-Go-Round (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
37 Tell Me Who I Am (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
38 Someone Always Knows 2016 Description / Buy
39 The Color of Fear 2017 Description / Buy
40 The Breakers 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Bill Pronzini Short Story Collections

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1 Graveyard Plots (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
2 Small Felonies (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
3 Stacked Deck (By: Bill Pronzini) 1991 Description / Buy
4 Criminal Intent (By: Bill Pronzini) 1993 Description / Buy
5 Sleuths (By: Bill Pronzini) 1999 Description / Buy
6 Problems Solved (By: Bill Pronzini) 2003 Description / Buy
7 Burgade's Crossing (By: Bill Pronzini) 2003 Description / Buy
8 Coyote and Quarter-Moon (By: Bill Pronzini) 2006 Description / Buy
9 Crucifixion River (With: Bill Pronzini) 2007 Description / Buy
10 Dago Red (By: Bill Pronzini) 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Bill Pronzini Anthologies

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1 Mystery Writers' Choice 1977 (By: Bill Pronzini) 1976 Description / Buy
2 Midnight Specials (By: Bill Pronzini) 1977 Description / Buy
3 Werewolf! A Chrestomathy of Lycanthropy (By: Bill Pronzini) 1979 Description / Buy
4 The End of Summer (By: Bill Pronzini) 1979 Description / Buy
5 Night screams (By: Bill Pronzini) 1979 Description / Buy
6 Voodoo (By: Bill Pronzini) 1980 Description / Buy
7 Mummy! (By: Bill Pronzini) 1980 Description / Buy
8 Bug-Eyed Monsters (By: Bill Pronzini) 1980 Description / Buy
9 The Edgar Winners (By: Bill Pronzini) 1980 Description / Buy
10 The Giant Book Of Horror Stories (By: Stephen King,Bill Pronzini) 1981 Description / Buy
11 Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (By: Bernard Malamud,Bill Pronzini) 1981 Description / Buy
12 Classic Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (By: Bill Pronzini) 1981 Description / Buy
13 The Arbor House Necropolis (By: Bill Pronzini) 1981 Description / Buy
14 The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (By: Bill Pronzini) 1982 Description / Buy
15 The Web She Weaves (By: Bill Pronzini) 1983 Description / Buy
16 The Arbor House Treasury of Detective and Mystery Stories from the Great Pulps (By: Bill Pronzini) 1983 Description / Buy
17 Witches' Brew (By: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
18 The Mystery Hall of Fame (By: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
19 The Western Hall of Fame (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
20 The Outlaws (By: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
21 The Reel West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
22 13 Short Mystery Novels (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
23 Child's Ploy (By: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
24 Kill or Cure (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
25 She Won the West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
26 The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
27 The Cowboys (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
28 The Ethnic Detectives (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
29 Dark Lessons (With: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
30 The Warriors (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
31 The Second Reel West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
32 Murder in the First Reel (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
33 Chapter and Hearse (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
34 Deadly Arts (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
35 Wickedest Show on Earth (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
36 The Railroaders (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
37 The Steamboaters (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
38 Great Modern Police Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
39 The Third Reel West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
40 101 Mystery Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
41 The Cattlemen (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
42 Tales Of Mystery (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
43 Tales of the Dead (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
44 Wild Westerns (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
45 Prime Suspects (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
46 Manhattan Mysteries (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
47 The Horse Soldiers (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
48 Uncollected Crimes (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
49 Suspicious Characters (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
50 13 Short Detective Novels (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
51 Criminal Elements (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
52 Cloak and Dagger (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
53 The Texans (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
54 Best of the West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
55 Homicidal Acts (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
56 Lady on the Case (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
57 The Californians (By: Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
58 Felonious Assaults (By: Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
59 The Arizonans (By: Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
60 More Wild Westerns (By: Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
61 Deadly Doings (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
62 The Northerners (By: Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
63 The Northwesterners (By: Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
64 Best of the West III (By: Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
65 Christmas Out West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
66 Crime and Crime Again (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
67 Best of the West 2 (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
68 A Treasury of World War II Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1991 Description / Buy
69 A Treasury of Civil War Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1991 Description / Buy
70 The Montanans (By: Bill Pronzini) 1991 Description / Buy
71 Combat! (By: Bill Pronzini) 1992 Description / Buy
72 Great Tales Of The West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1994 Description / Buy
73 Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (By: Bill Pronzini) 1994 Description / Buy
74 Detective Duos (By: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
75 A Century of Mystery (With: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
76 The Giant Book of War Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
77 The Giant Book of Private Eye Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
78 Giant Book Of Short Crime Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
79 Duo (With: Bill Pronzini) 1998 Description / Buy
80 Oddments (By: Bill Pronzini) 2000 Description / Buy
81 More Oddments (By: Bill Pronzini) 2001 Description / Buy
82 Masters of Horror and the Supernatural (By: Bill Pronzini) 2010 Description / Buy
83 Deadly Anniversaries (With: Bill Pronzini) 2020 Description / Buy

Marcia Muller Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Death by Horoscope (With: Bill Pronzini) 2001 Description / Buy
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Sharon McCone is a seasoned and much sought-after San Francisco-based private sleuth. She is an ambitious private detective who soon realizes that she has been carried away excessively by the investigative tasks which she undertakes.

The first book in the Sharon McCone series, Edwin of the Iron Shoes, starts by showcasing Sharon McCone who recently joined a law firm known as All Souls Legal Cooperative. This kick starts McCone’s private sleuthing career. Unfortunately for her, she has acquired little knowledge concerning her initial assignment which is all about investigating an antique dealer’s gory murder. The assignment takes her to an antique-belt which is also dotted with curio stores. But Marcia Muller must tread softly because that locale is not only stirring fear in the wake of vandalized shops, but she has also chanced upon a secret which, in the quest to hush it up, might possibly lead to a series of murders.

She goes to the antique shop whose then proprietor is the deceased person she is mandated for sleuthing. It is while she is there and amid a mannequin, dummy and stuffed pet, that she learns about the secret. In this serialized Sharon McCone, Marcia Muller has crafted a trend-setting book which buttresses her reputable storytelling prowess, and culminated in her being honored during the 2005 award ceremony of the Edgar Awards. In 2004, Marcia Muller’s Wolf in The Shadows had been nominated for the Edgar Awards.

Marcia Muller Awards

Marcia Muller has won varied awards and been nominated for others for her decades-long writing career which dates from her formative years. Incidentally, she first produced her self-published book while aged 12. Most notably, in 2005, Marcia Muller clinched the Grand Master Award which was proffered to her by the New York-based Mystery Writers of America group.

In 1993, Marcia Muller clinched the Lifetime Achievement award from The Private Eye Writers of America, truncated The Eye. What’s more, Muller had won the 1991 editions of the Shamus Awards for story titled Final Resting Place (this is in the serialized Sharon McCone) in the Best PI Short Story category. In 2010, her story titled Locked In, also a part of the Sharon McCone series, won a Shamus Award in the Best PI Hardcover category; similarly, the character Sharon McCone won a Shamus Award, under the Hammer category.

In 2008, Marcia Muller and her co-author-cum-husband won the Spur Award for their Crucifixion River, in the Best Short Fiction Story category. Did you know that Marcia Muller has clinched the Anthony Award six times? Lastly, Marcia Muller’s non-fiction has also won the Macavity Awards in the Best Crtical/Biographic Mystery Work category.

Marcia Muller Books into TV Shows/Movies

In the past, there have been alleged plans to adapt the Sharon McCone series authored by Marcia Muller for TV series. Spring Creek Productions, in conjunction with CBS-TV, was reportedly working on the film adaptation.

According to Marcia Muller’s 2007 collection titled Somewhere in the City, her 2003 work titled Time of the Wolves was adapted into the adventure action film titled Into the Badlands. Even then, Marcia Muller intuits that the specific part which forms the basis of the film was incorporated into the work of someone else and placed deep into the said film. The starring in that part is actor Bruce Dern.

Best Marcia Muller Books

Naturally, the following are the best books by Marcia Muller by virtue of winning the awards. The first, Locked In, is the 27th in the Sharon McCone series. Hereby, McCone is wounded and nearly paralyzed, prompting her to investigate about the mysterious attacker. The second, Wolf in the Shadows, is the fourteenth in the series; here McCone has succeeded in her sleuthing and is in a relationship with a little-known spouse.

Other Books You May Like

Readers who read the series written by Marcia Muller also read the following. One, Linda Barnes’ Carlotta Carlyle series; this revolves around a former law enforcer and private eye called Carlotta Carlyle who has an innate ability of sensing problems, especially when prompted by an elderly woman offering money in her quest for knowing where the brother is.

Two, Sara Paretsky‘s V.I. Warshawski; almost like Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, this series revolves around a Chicago-based private eye. Like the aforementioned, the third book, Karen Kijewski’s Kat Colorado, has a protagonist who is a private detective.

When Does The Next Marcia Muller book come out?

Marcia Muller doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Deadly Anniversaries and was released on April, 21st 2020. It is the newest book in the .

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